A nurse who frequently posts anti-vaccine images shared a post that falsely claims that healthy eating, exercise, prayer, and vitamin D are alternatives to getting the flu shot. Recommendation: Medium Risk
Frequently Asked Questions about Vaccine mandates
Vaccines are a safe and effective way to stop the spread of preventable diseases and decrease rates of infection, hospitalization, and death. The CDC recommends all people age 5 and older get vaccinated against COVID-19, and get a booster shot when eligible. Schools or employers may require vaccinations for attendance or employment, and requirements vary by state and employer.
While vaccine requirements vary by state, location, business, and school, the science remains the same: the best way to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 is to get vaccinated, and boosted when eligible.
Schools: All states have vaccination requirements for children attending school and childcare facilities. Vaccination requirements help safeguard children by making sure they are protected when they begin school, where there is a higher potential for transmission of some diseases. To learn more about vaccine requirements by state, visit the CDC’s SchoolVaxView Requirements Database.
Employers: On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government cannot enforce a vaccine mandate for large businesses. This does not mean that private employers are blocked from creating vaccine mandates. Vaccines remain the safest and most effective way to protect against COVID-19, and employers are still legally able to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for employees.
Other Vaccine Requirements:
- Health care workers at facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding are required to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Businesses may also require patrons to show proof of vaccination for entry, and these requirements vary on the state and local level.
Misinformation Alerts about Vaccine mandates
The false claim that Denmark banned COVID-19 vaccination for those under 50 has been circulating on social media for the past week. Many posts insinuate that the vaccines are being banned due to safety concerns. Recommendation: Medium Risk
A social media post falsely claims that 32 Canadian doctors “died suddenly” after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The post does not provide any evidence that the vaccines were linked to the deaths. Recommendation: Low Risk